In Our Wake
Pheidippides, an ancient Greek messenger, is said to have died after he ran from the battlefield at Marathon to Athens without rest to deliver the news of Greek victory.
Inspired by the fable of Pheidippides, modern marathons endeavor to push the human body to its limits. Runners now compete for the fastest times in the 26.2-mile races, which have since become large sporting events easily accessible to the general public. And to ensure no runner meets the same fate as Pheidippides, race organizers and volunteers provide food, water and medical aid to runners every set distance.
But in chasing the dream of the fastest marathon run, we leave behind a mountain of waste that runners and fans alike often turn a blind eye to.
The following images are from the 35th Los Angeles Marathon, held Sunday, March 8, 2020, one of the last sporting events before the coronavirus pandemic forced many cities across the United States to implement stay-at-home orders, including Los Angeles.